Hi friends! We’re back with more skincare cause it’s one of my favorite things. So remember how I tried out Glossier for the first time (PS get 20% off glossier here)? Now I’m trying out the cult skincare line, The Ordinary.
I’ve been seeing Deciem’s The Ordinary around instagram for QUITE some time as I am a skincare afficionado (well I’d like to be at least). After I did a bit of research and realized how cheap it was (we’re talkin 5-15$), I knew I had to try it out. Not to mention their packaging is something to drool over – minimalistic and chemistry-esque. But first, let me give you some context & knowledge about Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company.
Deciem is a Toronto-based company that was founded in 2013 by Brandon Truaxe. Starting out with just two skincare lines, they now run over 10! These lines range from all types of skincare (including men’s skincare) to hair products to protein supplements and a lot of it is pretty affordable! MakeUp was also just launched, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Truaxe comes across as a skincare magician, hiring only chemists and people outside the make-up and skincare industry to produce his concoctions. The goal is to appeal to the newcomer to skincare as well as capturing the die-hard skincare gurus. Apparently it’s working. We have a store here in Houston carrying The Ordinary and I bet more are coming!
The Ordinary line is a basic skin care line featuring minimal ingredients (nothing scent-y or extra) and all of the line comes at prices lower than skincare you’d find at CVS or Walgreens. This is impressive and made me skeptical, but the reviews were gloooowing. So, I bought some.
Going through the website was a little bit stressful because there are SO many items to look at. That being said there were a lot of helpful guides on what to get for your skin type. Here is a handy guide I used that told me what the products did and how to apply them. I ended up buying just two products to start (lord help me next time I go to order something it might be more like 10 products). I went with the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and the Advanced Retinoid 2%.
I saw a girl using the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution on instagram, and that’s actually what persuaded me to get it in the first place. This is a 10 minute facial peel that you put on after cleaning and completely drying your face. I put a few drops onto my fingertips and then evenly smooth across my face. I terrified the boyf after stepping out of the bathroom and telling him I was having a horrible skin reaction. JOKES. There is some mild stinging, but not too noticeable. Here’s what it does (from the website) – this peel “offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.”. Here it is on my face before & after below. Did I mention this is $7.20?
I also got the retinoid because Caroline Hirons always recommends a retinol and I’ve never used one UNTIL NOW! This is a milky white formula that is for use at night after cleanin’ yo face. I put two drops on my fingertips and pat onto my face. Retinol increases cell-turnover and is great for anti-aging. If you’ve never used retinol, they do also have a 1% that may be a better starting point. My skin isn’t very sensitive, so I thought I’d just go for the 2%. This stuff comes at $9.80 a bottle, and I can see it lasting a good while.
So far I am loving this stuff for my skin. I can see some acne scarring fading and not many new blemishes appearing! Although I’m going to give it a little while before I fully decide if this is to die for.
Have you bought anything from The Ordinary??? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂